Agenda Weekender: 41 things to do this weekend in Charlotte

Agenda Weekender: 41 things to do this weekend in Charlotte
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FRIDAY, JUNE 14

79. Mostly sunny. 

Food & Drink

Free Jeni’s Ice Cream at Sycamore: Nothing makes people smile like ice cream, especially free ice cream from Jeni’s. Their truck will be stopped at Sycamore with Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Salted Peanut Butter, Brambleberry Crisp, Cream Puff, Frosé, Gooey Buttercake and Darkest Chocolate on deck. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing: This weeks banging lineup includes Papi Queso Food Truck, TIN Kitchen, OooWee BBQ, Tikka Buzz Food Truck, Queen City Chamo, Gyro Twins Truck and Queen City Sliders. They’ll have refreshing boozy drinks like Prosecco pops and frosé — plus the usual beer and cider. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Food Truck Friday at Resident Culture: As always, they’ve got live music, unique brews and six food trucks — what more could you want? 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Fishbowl: A Pop-Up Bar Experiment at Discovery Place Science: Grab some Insta-worthy science-themed cocktails made by Halcyon mixologist Matt Caspento. 5:30-10 p.m. Free entry (doesn’t include full museum access), drinks $12-$15 each. 5:30-10 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park: Hiss Golden Messenger and The Dead Tongues are performing, so bring a blanket or a lawn chair for a free concert. Pack a picnic or grab dinner at one of the food trucks — they’ll have craft beer and wine too. 7 p.m. Free. Details.

theSkimm Night Out at McGlohon Theater: You’ll get to hear some real talk from Skimm founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, a signed copy of their new book and access to a pre-show networking session. You’re going to walk out a smarter better person (listen to their podcast Skimm’d from The Couch if you want to get hype for the event). Plus, Brooklyn Decker is moderating. 8 p.m. $45+. Details.

FABFEST at Knight Theater: This event pays tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles. Expect two evening concerts at Knight Theater and daytime activities and concerts on Saturday and Sunday near the Fairfield by Marriott. The first concert on Friday starts at 8 p.m., and The Fab Four will take the stage. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Thomas Rhett Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 at PNC Music Pavilion: Thomas Rhett has a ton of top-chart country songs like “T-Shirt,” “Die A Happy Man,” “Mary Me,” “Crash and Burn,” and more. Plus, the other three acts (Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins) are great too — it’ll be a fun show start to end. 7 p.m. $48-$132+. Details.

Charlotte Squawks 15: Quackceañera at Booth Playhouse: Blumenthal calls it “Saturday Night Live meets Broadway,” which is an incredible combo. Performers will be making fun of politics, pop-culture, sports and life. 8 p.m $25+. Details.

River Jam at USNWC: This should be on everyone’s Charlotte bucket list. So grab your friends and cold one and listen to live music by the water. 7-10 p.m Free, $6 parking. Details.

Experience

Heroes Convention at Carolinas Convention Center: For 37 years this convention has brought some of the best in comics together. Expects tons of vendors, exhibits, professionals and all things comics. The convention runs all weekend. Varies. $0-$37. Details.

Friday Nights at Camp North End: Every Friday, they’ll have food, music and a few surprises for a laid-back hangout. Note: Kids and leashed pets are welcome. 5-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas 2019: This annual festival is a celebration of African culture and marks the day enslaved Africans learned they were freed in the South. Expect live music, food, vendors, artwork displays and more. Check out the full schedule here. All day. Free. Details.

Do Good

Improv Comedy Benefiting Classroom Central at Free Range Brewing: What could be better way to spend time than two hours of belly-ache laughing and helping teachers and students? Nothing, but the beer is a great bonus. 8-10 p.m. $10. Details.

Shopping

Erin McDermott Jewelry summer sale at 2608 Roswell Ave.: Expect a mix of trendy and transitional jewelry styles marked down 3o to 75 percent. Her usual price-point is already pretty approachable, so you’re going to snag some really great deals. 9a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Onward Reserve Father’s Day Giveaway at 4149 Park Road #160: They’re doing a huge giveaway (selfishly didn’t want to tell you so I have a better chance of winning, but that would make me really bad at my job) with Sea Island. You could win a three-night stay at The Cloister at Sea Island, a $500 resort credit and $1,000 worth of Onward Reserve clothing. You can enter online. Free. All day. Details.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

84. Partly cloudy.

Food & Drink

River Jam at USNWC: This should be on everyone’s Charlotte bucket list. So grab your friends and cold one and listen to live music by the water. 7-10 p.m Free, $6 parking. Details.

Lobster & Beer Fest! at Sycamore Brewing: Cousins Maine Lobster, Baltimore Crab Cake Company Charlotte, The Feathered Fin and more food trucks will be on site serving up lobster rolls and other delicious lobster-inspired eats. Plus, Sycamore will have their usual tasty beers and ciders. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Truffles & Bubbles at 1600 Fulton Ave.: Learn how to make gluten- and dairy-free truffles (basically a health food) while sipping on some bubbly. 3-5 p.m. $35. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Queen City Jazz Fest 2019 at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre: Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald is headlining, and Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Al B. Sure! and Such will be playing too at this annual summer jazz event. 5-10 p.m. $49-$154+. Details.

FABFEST at Knight Theater: This event pays tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles. Expect two evening concerts at Knight Theater and daytime activities and concerts on Saturday and Sunday near the Fairfield by Marriott. The first concert on Friday starts at 8 p.m., and The Fab Four will take the stage. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Charlotte Squawks 15: Quackceañera at Booth Playhouse: Blumenthal calls it “Saturday Night Live meets Broadway,” which is an incredible combo. Performers will be making fun of politics, pop-culture, sports and life. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m $25+. Details.

Crown Town Get Down 2 at Heist Brewery: They’ve got nine local bands that will jamming all day long. 3-11 p.m. $12. Details.

Kikagaku Moyo & Sarah Louise at Neighborhood Theatre: The Japanese psych band returns to Charlotte for the first time since their Fall 2016 performance at Snug Harbor. 8 p.m. $15-$17. Details.

Experience

Heroes Convention at Carolinas Convention Center: For 37 years this convention has brought some of the best in comics together. Expects tons of vendors, exhibits, professionals and all things comics. The convention runs all weekend. Varies. $0-$37. Details.

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Rally & Celebration at Romare Bearden Park & Bar Argon: The Charlotte Pride, Inc. Board of Directors passes a resolution annually that demands anti-LGBTQ policies be repealed and calls for more protections to be put in place for the LGTBQ community. The afternoon rally is in honor of the Stonewall Riots and Uprising (which happened in New York 50 years ago) and the party will go into the night. 2-4 p.m. & 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

Father’s Day Fest! at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: They’ll have beer, stein hoisting, golf competition, live music, fun food features (including a Sunday buffet lunch) and more to celebrate dear old dad. All day. Free. Details.

Fitness

Brew Dash 6K and 12 K at U.S. National Whitewater Center: You can pick between two distances, and you’ll get four 4-ounce samples from Sycamore Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Amor Artis Brewing and New Sarum Brewing when you’re done running. 8 a.m. $37-$45. Details.

Kids

Arts + Technology One-Day Camp at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: The kiddos (for ages 9-18) get to explore art and tech through a project with LED lights and code. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40-$50. Details.

Shopping

QC Sip & Shop Father’s Day Style at The Unknown Brewing Company: Dads never tell us what they really want for Father’s Day, or they say they already have everything they need. So instead of stressing over what to buy, give your dad a cool experience. Unknown will have vendors, live music, food trucks, beer and axe throwing. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Details.

June Uptown Flea at 406 N. Tryon St.: They’ll have around 50 vendors, from craft beer to crafts to clothings, selling the handmade, local, vintage goods. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Onward Reserve Father’s Day Giveaway at 4149 Park Road #160: They’re doing a huge giveaway (selfishly didn’t want to tell you so I have a better chance of winning, but that would make me really bad at my job) with Sea Island. You could win a three-night stay at The Cloister at Sea Island, a $500 resort credit and $1,000 worth of Onward Reserve clothing. You can enter online. Free. All day. Details.

Girl Tribe Warehouse Sale at 1800 Camden Road, Suite 102: Expect $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 bins filled with stuff you know you need in your life. 8:30 a.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

89. Partly cloudy.

Food & Drink

Father’s Day at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: To celebrate Father’s Day, Del Frisco’s will have three special dishes: Slow Roasted Herb-Crusted Prime Rib (16 or 20-ounce portions!); Lobster Benedict with two poached eggs, a toasted English muffin, citrus hollandaise and caviar; Filet Mignon Benedict with two poached eggs, toasted English muffin and hollandaise. 11 a.m. Menu prices. Details.

Father’s Day Pig Roast at Sycamore: Relax on the patio with the family with a beer in hand, and lunch/dinner prepared for you. Noon to 9 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

FABFEST at Knight Theater: This event pays tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles. Expect two evening concerts at Knight Theater and daytime activities and concerts on Saturday and Sunday near the Fairfield by Marriott. The first concert on Friday starts at 8 p.m., and The Fab Four will take the stage. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Star Wars: The Music at Symphony Park: Celebrate your Star War’s loving dad with this summer concert — it’s the perfect gift for the dad who has everything he needs. 8:15 p.m. $0-$56. Details.

Experience

Heroes Convention at Carolinas Convention Center: For 37 years this convention has brought some of the best in comics together. Expects tons of vendors, exhibits, professionals and all things comics. The convention runs all weekend. Varies. $0-$37. Details.

Father’s Day Fest! at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: They’ll have beer, stein hoisting, golf competition, live music, fun food features (including a Sunday buffet lunch) and more to celebrate dear old dad. All day. Free. Details.

Beyond The Fountain: Home & Garden Tour at The Duke Mansion: You can take a free tour of the home and gardens, and they’ll have cocktails, and craft beers and bourbon for dad, for sale. They’ll also have outdoor games, and the Carolina Raptor Center will be bringing some visitors by. 1-8 p.m. SOLD OUT. Free. Details.

Shopping

Onward Reserve Father’s Day Giveaway at 4149 Park Road #160: They’re doing a huge giveaway (selfishly didn’t want to tell you so I have a better chance of winning, but that would make me really bad at my job) with Sea Island. You could win a three-night stay at The Cloister at Sea Island, a $500 resort credit and $1,000 worth of Onward Reserve clothing. You can enter online. Free. All day. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Tim McGraw: The special event will feature acoustic performances by the country megastar, and discussion between he and presidential biographer Jon Meacham about their new book, “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music that Made a Nation.” June 23.

USNWC’s Fourth of July Celebration: The celebration is a two-day event with stand-up paddle boarding, live music, yoga, food and drinks. Each night ends with a huge firework show over the rapids. July 3-4.

24 Hours of Booty: Every year hundreds of walkers and more than 1,000 bikers commit to walking and cycling for 24 hours (or as much as they’d like in that 24-hour period) around the famous Booty Loop in Myers Park. Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, The LIVESTRONG Foundation and Queens University of Charlotte are the main beneficiaries of the event, but 10-20 other cancer-related nonprofits will receive support too. If you don’t plan to walk/bike, you can cheer on the participants from the sidelines or hang out in the food/expo area. July 26.

See all the upcoming events here.

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